What a year it has been, and it has been no easy task thinking of a topic with which to close it out. Yesterday morning in mass, it hit me. One line struck me and rang a familiar tune - one of painful hilarity. In essence, we are to honor those around us. In fact, if we honor our fathers, our prayers will be answered. I had to chuckle for private reasons, and it made me think. Then, last night on television was the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual gala to highlight the lifetime achievements of individuals in the performing arts. Surely the two incidents were meant to coincide for some reason.
|Brother Shamus at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center|
|First Meal in My Empty DC Apartment|
"God sets a father in honor over his children; mother's authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother."-Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Brother Shamus at Kennedy Center (Jan 16, 2010)
Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas at Kennedy Center (Oct 15, 2012)
*I'm in the audience